Mt. Tyndall and Wallace Basin 2009

Mahogany Flat to Tyndall Creek

Saturday, August 22, 2009

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Journal Entry: Clouds never completely cleared overnight, and we awoke to a sky full of thin clouds.  Got started around 8, uphill toward Shepherd Pass.  Anvil Camp has some nice campsites in the trees—we’ll probably camp here on the way out.  Sprinkles fell on and off starting mid-morning.  Got to Shepherd Pass after a steep climb and decided there to reverse our trip due to the weather.  So we stayed on the trail instead of heading for Williamson Bowl.  Camping at the JMT crossing of Tyndall Creek, six others camped here, two of them are doing the PCT but all are headed over Forester Pass tomorrow.  We will head south to Wallace Lake.  Sprinkles are falling now at 7:30pm, may rain all night.  Tomorrow may be more of the same but supposed to be nice on Monday.



Long trail walk today, longer than originally expected due to the reversal of our route.  But it was all on-trail, and the last section down from Shepherd Pass was very easy and relaxing!  Lots of marmots in this area.




Rocky terrain above Anvil Camp

Shepherd Pass (low spot above)


the pass divides Inyo National Forest and Sequoia National Park

the trail follows the young Tyndall Creek downhill


Milestone Mountain is the peak with the distinctive rock on its summit

views of the Great Western Divide were ever-present


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